Cave Troll of Moria, Scourge of the Black Pit (1R165)

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Cave Troll of Moria, Scourge of the Black Pit (1R165) is a Culture Moria.svg Moria Minion from the Fellowship of the Ring set.

Collection Info
Title Cave Troll of Moria
Subtitle Scourge of the Black Pit
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Set 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 165
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Moria.svg Moria
Side Shadow
Card Type Minion
Race Troll
Twilight Cost 10
Strength 15
Vitality 4
Site Number 4
Game Text Damage +1. Fierce. To play, spot a Culture Moria.svg Orc.

At an underground site, Cave Troll of Moria’s twilight cost is -3.

Lore Frodo's quest nearly ended before his companions halted the Cave Troll's ferocious attack.
DE - German
Card Name Höhlentroll von Moria, Geissel der schwarzen Grube
Game Text Schaden +1. Erbittert.

Entdecke einen Culture Moria.svg Ork, um den Höhlentroll von Moria zu spielen. An einem unterirdischen Ort reduzieren sich die Zwielichtkosten des Höhlentroll von Moria um 3.

Lore Frodos Reise endete beinahe, bevor es den Gefährten gelang den wilden Angriff des Höhlentrolls zurückzuschlagen.
ES - Spanish
Card Name Troll de las Cuevas, Azote del Pozo Negro de Moria
Game Text Daño +1. Fiero. Para jugarlo, avista un Orco Culture Moria.svg. En un sitio subterráneo, el coste de penumbra del Troll de las Cuevas es -3.
Lore La búsqueda de Frodo casi termina antes de que sus compañeros detuvieran el feroz ataque del Troll de las Cuevas.
FR - French
Card Name Troll des Cavernes, Fléau du Puits Noir de la Moria
Game Text Dégâts +1. Acharné.

Pour jouer, désignez un Orque Culture Moria.svg. À un site souterrain, le coût crépusculaire du Troll des Cavernes est de -3.

Lore La quête de Frodon se serait arrêtée là si ses compagnoons n'avaient pas contré la féroce attaque du Troll des Cavernes.
IT - Italian
Card Name Troll delle Caverne, Flagello del Pozzo Nero di Moria
Game Text Danno +1. Feroce.

Per giocarlo, avvista un Orco Culture Moria.svg. In un sito sotterraneo, sottrai -3 al costo crepuscolo del Troll delle Caverne.

Lore L'impresa di Frodo quasi finì, prima che i suoi compagni fermassero il feroce attacco del Troll delle Caverne.
PL - Polish
PT - Portuguese
ZH - Chinese

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN01S165.0
GEMP ID 1_165
LOTRO Hex ID 45 2E F4
LOTRO Image ID 01_165


The Cave Troll is one of the iconic [moria] minions of The Lord of the Rings. He is extremely powerful, but very expensive. The fact that he is cheaper at an underground site makes it very feasible to play him at sites 4 and 5 in Fellowship Block, and there are also some underground sites in Two Towers that give him a discount. Not every site 4 is underground in Fellowship Block, so if you are hoping to play this minion it might help to have some site manipulation (Best choice is Dark Places, which also pumps the Troll, but Speak "Friend" and Enter or Pathfinder could also work.).

Troll's Keyward is also a good choice for a deck with one or more of this minion, as he makes the Cave Troll cheaper, and is a fairly robust minion himself. To create more twilight, use Goblin Runner, Moria Scout or Goblin Armory (or even Troubled Mountains if you play with burdens). Usually there isn’t enough twilight at site 5 to play the Cave Troll and the Balrog, but if your opponent makes a lot (You only need 14 with a Goblin Runner), you could play them both. The Cave Troll benefits from the strength bonus of Dark Places (Along with the Balrog) and can also wield Cave Troll's Hammer, Cave Troll's Chain or Goblin Spear for further bonuses.

Being a Troll, he is immune to most of the Fellowships racial targeted effects (Long Knives of Legolas; Arwen, DoE; Flaming Brand etc.) but is vulnerable to Stone Trolls and Stairs of Khazad-dum.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Weak companions such as Farin, Fror, Legolas, and even Arwen if the Fellowship is Underground (No Asfaloth)
  • 3 Vitality companions (With Cave Troll's Hammer)
  • Wounded Companions

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Stone Trolls (or some copies of Stairs of Khazad-Dum)
  • Skirmish Cancelling
  • Armor/Gimli's Helm
  • Aragorn with The Saga of Elendil and Aragorn's Bow (Unless he has Cave Troll's Chain)
  • Choke decks

Alternate Personas[edit]

Portrait Name Game Text
Cave Troll of Moria, Savage Menace (12R85) Damage +1. Fierce. Toil 2. (For each Culture Orc.svg character you exert when playing this, its twilight cost is –2.)

Each time an Culture Orc.svg lurker wins a skirmish, you may make the Free Peoples player discard the top 2 cards of his or her draw deck.

Cave Troll of Moria, Menace of the Underdeeps (0W8) Damage +1. Fierce.

To play, spot a Culture Moria.svg Orc.

Menace - When you play this minion you may draw 3 cards.​

See Also[edit]